6s Micro Scratches: Confessions of the OCD

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aKansasKid, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. aKansasKid macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2015
    (*** ADHD ALERT! Len >> 140 chars)

    You can add mine to the list of scratched 6s/6s+ screens.

    I should have known better. It started before the SIM-free SG 64GB iPhone 6s arrived last Wednesday. After a few years using 1-2 year-old phones on prepaid, this was my first flagship purchased new. $805 with tax.

    The naked phone felt luxurious in my hand. Smooth, supple curves longing to be turned over and over; the aluminum case vulnerable, awaiting its first scratch when set down incautiously.

    I’ve never used a case or screen protector, and my phones have stayed nearly pristine. Screens are supposed to be nearly scratch proof, and I’ve never had one. But I couldn’t bear the thought of scratching that beautiful aluminum, so I covered it up. Seeing the phone in its case reminded me of old folks buying a new sofa and leaving the plastic shipping wrap on it so as not to hurt it.

    Tragedy struck in the first day or two. I noticed a ¾” micro scratch in bright light. I’ve never had one, and I babied this phone like never before. After reading too many similar stories on this forum and Apple discussions, along with my own experience here, I became a believer: something’s changed in the coating of the 6s over previous iPhones.

    To the OCD-afflicted <cough>, whether that’s true or not is irrelevant. We believe it to be true, and deciding I was facing a potential onslaught of scratches unless I covered the screen, too, was too much to bear. The joy of using a $800 phone evaporated.

    To stave off the inevitable spiral of angst, then depression, then anger, all because of a phone, I dropped it off at FedEx this morning, returning it to Apple for a refund. I reactivated my spotless two-year-old Galaxy S4 and went on with my life. Stress free.

    Really, a well-adjusted adult shouldn’t be bothered by such things. But at least I recognized that I am and did something about it that I knew I could live with. To everyone stressing about their own phone’s imperfections, deal with it or move on. :)
  2. iDanny26 macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2013
    Do whatever works best for you, don't worry what others say.

    What's best for me is a screen protector and a case, because paranoia!
  3. HEK macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2013
    US Eastern time zone
    I feel for you. Perhaps this go around it just wasn't meant to be for you. Decisive move I applaud you for.
  4. NewtonPippin macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2015
    That's why you shouldn't put your phone in a pocket with keys.
  5. HEK macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2013
    US Eastern time zone
    Keys and coins WILL NOT scratch phone screens. They are soft metal, 5 on MOHs scale of harness. A bare glass screen is 6 on MOHs scale. 5 hardness can not scratch 6. Period end of discussion, no debate will change physical laws. All those you tube videos with coins, keys and knives is a load of BS. It's a no brainier they won't scratch glass. Try it on your window, I don't care how sharp it is, the metal is not hard enough.

    Sand, granite and quartz particles will scratch screens. Sand is everywhere, and you get a particle on screen or on your micro cloth and clean the **** out of your screen, press hard now, and guess what...SCRATCHES. when's last time anyone out ended their pockets to shake out sand that gets in there.
  6. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    I cant relate to this at all my 6s plus screen is covered in small scratches but it doesnt bother me at all.

    I just feel the returns system is being abused sometimes
  7. jonstatt1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2015

    That's only true if what people are pressing their keys and coins against is glass. It isn't glass on the top surface. it's the oleophobic coating. Supposing that something has gone wrong in the manufacturing process and the coating is not as scratch resistant as it is meant to be. This would result in all these micro scratches people talk about. Judging by the number of people reporting the issue, I am a bit suspicious of a bad batch of coated glass which is why not everyone is seeing it. Some people are saying their screen is literally covered, not by one or two, but 10s or even 100s of fine micro scratches.
  8. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Took mine to the beach (stupidly) and one grain of sand left a single squiggly scratch on my screen. Not making that mistake again, although I did get some 4K footage of some waves in return haha :D
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Do you feel the same about other objects in your life. You will not be able to return that wife as easily!
  10. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    But they can scratch the coating on these screens. Which ends up looking just like a scratch in the screen.
  11. duction macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2010
    U to the K
    Photos of the micro scratches or it didn't happen.
  12. Pnr2020 macrumors regular


    Nov 6, 2015
    What a stupid comment. Why would someone lie about a scratch
  13. aKansasKid thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2015
    Given your own scratches along with many other reports of far more than normal scratches as seen in posts here and on Apple's discussion forum, it's conceivable that something is indeed amiss with at least some of the 6s coatings. If everyone ignores it or only complains on forums, Apple won't do anything. If they get a batch of returns, they're more forced to confront what may be a problem.

    In my case, I'm not looking for Apple to keep sending me phone after phone. I decided at $800, I wasn't willing to experiment and just pulled the plug.
  14. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    This is normal. It has happened with every phone since the beginning of phones. The coating is what is scratching in most cases, not the actual glass. The coating is not resistant like the glass. Put screen protectors on before using it and switch them out when they get scratched if it bothers you.
  15. Cozmosis macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
  16. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Linus (from linus tech tips) mentioned his 6S screen seemed to develop micro scratches much easier then the 6 he reviewed in their last WAN show. Said his 6 stayed pristine.

    Never really heard about it till then.

    I keep mine in an otterbox defender which has a screen protector built in so I'm not too worried about it.
  17. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    He was just making fun about some comments people throw around here, because everytime someone reports a problem there's always that lame a** who comes out with pics or it did not happen just because THEY do not have the problem...... who should "feel stupid" now?
  18. Erdbeertorte Suspended

    May 20, 2015
    Thank you for the reminder I should take my medication... :rolleyes:

    I hate cases and other protectors too. Dropped my 6 very very often and several times it fell on the display. It hasn't a single scratch I noticed, but small dents on all four edges that I don't care about.

    My 6S+ is in a case and has a screen protector since I unboxed it, because I wasn't sure if I should keep it. I kept it too long and have to sell it now on eBay. :( I am sick and hate doing such stressful things.

    Now it's lying around and I rarely use it. I want to sell the 6 too, it's already deleted and I bought a refurbished 4S, because that is all I need.

    I hate it buying things I don't really need, but it's so easy. Just a few clicks and it comes to my home. A few days of little fun with it and then getting bored. I should have kept my 5 instead, what was my first iPhone.

  19. C.O.T macrumors member


    Mar 11, 2015
    Dublin, Ireland
    OCD is a horrible thing to have. I get it a lot with loose buttons.. Drives me mad, especially when I first buy the phone. However I find that the longer I own it, the less the OCD bothers. I think if you have it you always will.
  20. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    What I don't get is how an OCD person would be happy using a Galaxy S4. I lived with a Galaxy S5 for a brief 6 month hiatus from iPhones due to a job change, and the hot mess that was Android on that one drove me crazy. Is your OCD only impacted by scratches and not inconsistent behavior of your phone's OS? I think if you pushed through that first scratch until you got several, it may not have bothered you as much... the one is probably the trigger for your OCD.

    Either way, if you find happiness with what you have now then life is good.
  21. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    I can't understand how a picky people could live with a Galaxy S4
  22. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    This is why I've put ZAGG or Clear-coat on every iPhone I've owned, including the 6S. it's clear, thin, doesn't change the look of the phone, and keeps the scratches away.

    Me either. I'll take a scratched iPhone over an Samsung interface.
  23. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    especially a Galaxy S4: worst Samsung ever made ....
  24. samven582 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2009
    Most likely it was scratched out of the box
  25. aKansasKid thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2015
    That would be my guess. I'm watching the forum for a few weeks to see how the issue plays out. If indeed the 6s coating is more prone to scratching than older iPhones, it will soon be apparent. I wasn't willing to take the chance it would have been fine given some previous postings.

    My phone needs are simple: browser, texts, email, contacts, phone, HoFo and Words with Friends apps are about it. My Galaxy S4 runs as smoothly now as it did a year ago. No issues. And no scratches. Heavier users have a worse experience judging from some of the replies above.

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